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So Nice, Do it Twice

There’s an Election?

Boortz Can Fly

Open Court?

Put Your Money Down

Bug in Our Ear

 

So Nice, Do it Twice

We tried to get a straight answer out of state bureaucrats. We got the usual number of people who don’t answer the phone, a round-robin of talk to somebody else and a selection of the Sgt. Schultz response: “I know nothing!”

What we finally discovered is that, just for last session, carpet and chairs were installed. Now the committee rooms are getting updated wiring and communication equipment. That required taking out all the new carpet and chairs and putting everything in storage. When the wiring is complete, the carpet and the chairs will be re-installed.

The explanation for doing it bass-ackwards seems to be that there wasn’t enough time before last session to do more than the cosmetic renovations, and now everything has to be done before next session.

 

 

 

There’s an Election?

“I heard that at Ellen Adcock ’s reception tonight… Richard Cate was stirring the pot that I was trying to unseat you as vice mayor. Simply put, absolutely untrue....” Frost wrote.

Cate is managing the campaign of Frost challenger Kim Litton .

Meanwhile, Julia Tucker will represent the write-in effort in the South Knoxville City Council race against incumbent Councilman Joe Hultquist . Charles “Buddy” Mulkey , who had write-in votes in the primary, has announced he will withdraw and support Tucker.

Hultquist was the only incumbent on City Council who did not draw an opponent by the qualifying deadline, and his will be the only name on the ballot for the South Knoxville district.

 

 

 

Boortz Can Fly

Boortz, who airs 10 a.m. to noon on the Big Talker, 100-FM, will be at Barnes & Noble signing copies of his book at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 13. Guess he got the armed guard he requested, and the raised table he asked for so his admirers can’t see his bald spot. Boortz had been scheduled for a visit on his last tour, but couldn’t get direct flights to his next gig.

Plot Device

The awarding of the Peter Taylor Prize, the award for a new novel awarded every year by the Knoxville Writers Guild and UT Press, came with an unusual pilgrimage Monday evening. After a ceremony at Lawson McGhee Library, during which honoree John Parras of New Jersey read selections from Fire On Mount Maggiore , his new novel about firefighting in southern Italy, the literati retired across the street to Kate Hudson ’s favorite bar, the Hilton. Then came a nocturnal pilgrimage to Old Gray Cemetery, and the empty Taylor plot, where Peter Taylor’s final novel, In the Tennessee Country , commences. The plot belonged, for 26 years between his burial and exhumation for reinterment elsewhere, to the novelist’s famous grandfather, governor and senator Robert “Our Bob” Taylor .

There, by lantern light, some 40 pilgrims were set to hear readings of the work of Peter Taylor and his associates from prize administrator Brian Griffin , musician R.B. Morris , and others.

When the Taylor party arrived at Old Gray, they encountered a trio which, in the dark, they took to be fellow pilgrims. In fact, they were three ghostbusters, or more properly, paranormal investigators with the Southern Paranormal Independent Research Investigation Team. (SPIRIT, get it?) They’d been taking photographs around the 155-year-old graveyard, and were happy to show them off.

In the right-hand corner of one was a shadowy figure that looked something like Darth Vader . “That’s definitely not human,” one said.

The rest of the evening went off as scheduled. As actor Greg Congleton read old Taylor crony Allen Tate ’s “Ode to the Confederate Dead,” several pilgrims turned around nervously as an eerie moan rose from the stones behind them. Maybe it was Darth Vader, but then again, maybe it was farmer-poet Jack Rentfro , one of the evening’s readers, on his homemade didjeridoo.

 

 

 

Open Court?

But a vacant judgeship doesn’t come along very often, so attorneys with political ambitions are paying close attention. Some speculation has centered on attorney Chad Tindell , who served as Knox County Republican chair last year. When a busy attorney takes the time to serve as party chair, it usually means they have a political race in mind for the future.

 

 

 

Put Your Money Down

On the Democratic side Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has $3 million, counting funds he transferred from his congressional campaign account, and state Sen. Rosalind Kurita reports $430,000.

Bug in Our Ear

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